Nurse Brings The Joy Of Snowplay Into The Hospital!
Alex Classen, a clinical research nurse at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, was tired of seeing all the long faces in the hospital. Although the staff was doing everything they could for the sick kids, there was one thing they just weren’t able to do.
With all the snow that Winter Storm Jonas brought in, there was so much you could go do outside! And the kids were sad that they weren’t allowed to be out in the winter fun.
That’s when she came up with the brilliant idea to bring the snow to them! .
“They can see all the snow falling from the outside and they were really excited about it. It’s not the same for them — to be able to experience it. So I thought, ‘Let’s give this a try and bring it in to them so they can touch and feel it.”
Many of the kids at the hospital have a type of immunodeficiency and are at the facility undergoing bone marrow transplants. The immunodeficiency puts them at risk for infection, because their immune systems are not as developed as any normal kids’. While they are undergoing transplants, they are even more at risk! Which is why they aren’t allowed to be around many people.
The kids at the hospital come from places all over the world where snow wouldn’t ever fall down on their hometowns. Classen didn’t want them to miss out. So the nurse not only filled up a basin with snow to bring to the patients. Although it took her a couple of trips, she was able to bring them all a piece of the outdoors.
The patients made snowballs, colored the snow with magic markers and made snowmen. One child even hit Classen with a snowball, making for a very eventful snow day.
“The nurses are incredibly compassionate and caring. They really look out for the kids and the parents, and it feels like a community. Lucy has been at NIH for almost eight weeks and has barely been able to leave her room, so it was so much fun for her to be able to play with the snow.”
Article: Huffington Post